LE HAVRE

France / Germany / Finland, 2011 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Aki Kaurismaki

"A continual pleasure, seamlessly blending morose and merry notes with a deftness that's up there with Kaurismäki's best comic work." - Variety

In his second French-language film, Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, MIFF 2007) once again taps into a vein of tender, optimistic comedy.

A bohemian writer-turned-shoe-shiner in the French port town of Le Havre takes an illegal immigrant boy from North Africa under his wing, hiding him from the police with the help of the locals.

Kaurismäki constructs a light-hearted take on the problem of illegal immigration, infused with hope, kindness and gentle good humour.

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes.

D/P/S Aki Kaurismäki Dist Sharmill Films L French w/ English subtitles TD 35mm/2011


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